Lantern of Hope
Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping–believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!”
~ Romans 4:18
When God began to reveal to me his plans of beauty for my life, I was overwhelmed by his love for me. I fell in love with the dreams that he put in my heart. His dreams were far better than I ever would have given myself. As my heart was bubbling with love and excitement, the natural world did not agree with the dream planted in me.
Everything in my life went the opposite of this dream. I was hated by those I loved. Daggers of lies were thrown at me of who God said I was. A whirlwind of opposition came against me, as the glimmer of my dream drifted farther and farther away.
Struck down with pain and sorrow I cried out to the Lord. Closing my eyes, I was taken away into my dream again. His beauty danced around me and he turned me around to see his plans for me. What was happening in my circumstances and the slander of man was not reality, my reality was in the protection of his wings.
Hope is what activates our Faith and Faith is our currency to inherit the Promises. I dreamed one night that I climbed higher and higher up the Mountain of God. I finally made it to the top and there was a cosmetic store. With the money I had earned in the darkness, I was able to purchase the desires of my heart. In this very symbolic dream, I purchased beauty. My dream was receiving his beauty for ashes. To be truly Loved for how he made me was my hearts desire. Love is beautiful.
God gives those who trust in him a Lantern of Hope to carry in times of darkness. When trials and suffering come, it is his Hope and the light of his hope that acts as a medicine to our soul. Hope is real.
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see” (Hebrews 11:1).
A dear friend of mine once said, “God does not give us the desires of our heart to keep us wanting. He gives them to us to be fulfilled.”
God truly delights in each one of us. His Love has been evident since his son paid the price of death. When my heart awakens me and cries out with agony over the injustice, pain and suffering…it is Hope that sustains me and brings me comfort in the suffering.
“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” Romans 5:5
There is Hope through the tears. Believe that God will fulfill his promises and dreams to you. His Love for you is faithful and true. Ignore the lies of the enemy and the illusions of current situations.
When my heart is broken, there is a place that I go. I see through the eyes of Faith. I run to the arms of Jesus and I cry out to him. He lifts up my chin and wipes away me tears. Sometimes he just holds me and sometimes we dance with love. The Kingdom of God is within.
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My soul cries,
“Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope”….
As you press into this Hope that does not disappoint, know that one day….suddenly….it will come to pass. The light of Jesus will break through the thick clouds of darkness. What he has done on the inside of you will be manifested on the outside. Do not listen to council of man or the deceptions of the devil. What has God told you? What has God shown you? It is God who opens doors that no man can shut and shuts doors that no man can open. On the day that God fulfills the dream, the lantern of Hope becomes a flame of Love.
On that day, your sorrow will turn to joy and a life of ashes will become beauty. Gods dream in you will be fulfilled. No word of God ever goes out without fulfilling the purpose it was sent for.
“The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” (Jeremiah 1:12).
May Gods dream for you be fulfilled. Because those who hope in the Lord will never be put to shame.
Peace and Love to you!
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